What is streaming in Australia and how much will it cost?
Just in case you haven’t signed up for enough streaming services, Australia now has one more. Paramount + launched in the United States earlier this year and is now available in Australia. It brings a bunch of new movies and TV shows featuring some of Hollywood’s best talent.
While I can’t tell you why every streaming service needs a ‘+’ in its name, I can tell you more about Paramount + and what you need to know about it in Australia.
What is Paramount +?
Like any streaming service, such as Netflix or Stan., Paramount + will be home to new and exclusive content. The extensive library includes over 20,000 movies and TV shows.
Paramount + partnership agreements include renowned brands such as Showtime, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Pictures Television and, of course, Paramount Pictures.
Paramount + is a new branding of the 10 All Access streaming service existing in Australia. This means that all 10 All Access content and the new Paramount + content have been combined into one service.
What content is on Paramount +?
So what is included in this vast library of 20,000 titles?
A full list has yet to be released, but we do know about some of the headlining movies and TV shows coming to Paramount +, including:
- The Godfather
- Impossible mission
- Indiana Jones
- A quiet place
- Goodwill hunting
- Harry potter
- The Dark Knight Trilogy
- the Lord of the Rings
- Austin Powers
- Sponge Bob SquarePants
- Paw Patrol
- pulp Fiction
- The Hangover
- South Park
- Big city
- Ray donovan
- Why do women kill
- Geordie Rive
- Jersey Shore
You can see why Paramount + isn’t “just another streaming service” in the new trailer below.
Australian originals on Paramount +
There will soon be a range of new shows exclusive to Paramount +, including local investments. At launch, Australians can watch the second season of the Australian drama Five bedrooms.
The streaming service is also investing in a list of local drama offerings, including:
- Spreadsheet: a comedy series about Lauren (Katherine Parkinson), a divorced and restless mother of two, who is looking for sex without commitment. With the help of her best friend Alex, she develops “Spreadsheet”: a database of personalized sex options to ensure that her sex sushi train unfolds with variety and order in the midst of the chaos of her life.
- Last king of the cross: an opera story of two brothers, Sam and John Ibrahim, one adored by his father and the other despised. By organizing the street, they lose themselves in their ascent to power.
- 6 Holidays: A coming-of-age feature film about three best friends. Fleeing, in anger and denial, the terminal illness that James faces, they have listed six music festivals over six months. During their six-month journey, they meet the emerging artist, Marley, whose challenges and success will help them come to terms with the reality they so desire to avoid.
Paramount + also offers a range of exclusive international premieres with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
Some notable inclusions are the next Dexter waking up and Halo TV adaptation. New iCarly revival and original film Infinite will also be available on the service at launch.
Here’s what’s coming up:
- the First lady (Viola Davis, Gillian Anderson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning)
- Dexter (Michael C. Hall)
- iCarly (2021) (Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, Laci Mosley)
- Infinite (Mark Wahlberg)
- Golden age (Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon)
- Yellow jackets (Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci)
- Leonardo (Freddie Highmore, Aidan Turner)
- American rust (Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney)
- Two weeks to live (Maisie Williams)
- Coyote (Michael Chiklis, George Pullar)
- Mayor of Kingstown (Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest)
- Everyone is well (James Lafferty, Stephen Colletti)
- Anne Boleyn (Jodie Turner Smith)
- Spy city (Dominique Cooper)
- Land of monsters (Taylor Schilling)
- Lighting (Eve Hewson, Erik Thomson, Ewen Leslie)
- The Harper House (Rhéa Seehorn, Jason Lee)
- Guilty Party (Kate Beckinsale)
- The man who fell to earth (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
- The offer
- Y: 1883
- Flatbush offenses
- Crossed swords
- To help
- No comeback
- Line in the sand
- Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
- Four hours at the Capitol
- Kamp Koral: SpongeBob SquarePants
This library also includes 10 favorites from All Access’s existing library, such as The good fight and The twilight zone.
In the United States, Paramount has a special deal to bring its theatrical releases (like A quiet place II and Mission Impossible 7) to its streaming service after a 45-day window. It’s unclear if this deal will extend to the Australian streaming service, but we’ll keep you posted.
A-League and W-League on Paramount +
In a recent update, it was announced that Paramount + will soon host the Australian A-League and W-League football competitions. As SBS reports, starting next season for both leagues, Paramount + members will have access to all games – which were previously hosted on Fox Sports.
Additionally, as part of this arrangement, it has been confirmed that certain A-League games will be broadcast for free on Channel 10 and 10 Play on Demand on Saturday nights. A W-League game will air every Sunday on 10 Bold.
ViacomCBS is investing more in Australian sport with $ 100 million to secure the rights to football matches. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Paramount + and Ten have reached a deal with Football Australia that covers the next 3.5 years of selected football matches.
This includes Socceroos’ final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Asian Cups for women in 2022 and men in 2023, as well as friendlies and qualifiers for the two senior national teams.
Some games are legally required to be streamed unencrypted due to anti-siphoning laws, but it looks like all other games will be streamed on Paramount +.
What devices can you use?
Paramount + is available as an app on a number of devices.
According to the website, this includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Fetch, Telstra TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Google TV. It is also available through a web browser on your laptop or desktop.
Movies and shows will also be available for download for offline viewing so you don’t always chew on your mobile data.
When is it available and what is the price?
You can subscribe to Paramount + for $ 8.99 per month or choose an annual subscription for $ 89.99 (which rounds up to $ 7.49 per month). Compared to other services like Netflix, Stan, and Disney +, this makes Paramount + one of the cheapest streaming options for a few bucks.
There is also a 7 day free trial for new users.
Paramount + is officially available in Australia from August 11, 2021. You can register here.
You can find out about other new content on offer to other Australian streaming services here.
This article has been updated to include news from the A-League, W-League and other football games moving to Paramount + and Network 10.